Irina Malinina - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Irina Malinina is a bilingual multi-talented teacherpreneur.  Read Irina's interview where she honestly discusses what she had to do outside of her comfort zone as a teacherpreneur, and what drives her to be the best she can be.  

Irina, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Currently I am a freelance teacher. I embarked on this adventure after 20 years of teaching first at university and then at language schools. 

Leaving my full-time job was a tough call for me since it looked rather precarious and dubious. But I had to bank on both my extensive experience, commitment to teaching, and, last but not least, a stroke of luck.  I mapped out the way to get to my goal. Once the guidelines were set forth, I quit.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I mostly teach via Skype now so a normal day would see me prepare for a morning set of classes. Then I do research, gear up for my evening lessons, and develop customized materials for my trainees.

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Mateusz Wawrzynowicz - EFL Teacher, Web Designer, Materials Writer

Mateusz Wawrzynowicz is a bilingual teacherpreneur with technical skills that he used to design his own website.  Read why he thinks that we have nothing to lose by becoming a teacherpreneur and why being open and trying new things can make your students love English even more.

Mateusz, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I'm an ESL teacher in Poland. I teach kids aged 3-15. I work at a primary school as well as a language school. I also teach adults preparing for FCE and CAE exams.

How long have you been teaching?

It's been 7 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I'm always pretty busy. I start classes with my primary students at 8 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Next, it's time for the language school where I teach. I usually finish at about 7 p.m.    

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I go out as much as I can. I often meet my friends but I also try to be active. I jog whenever I can in the evenings.  

You took on...

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Anastasiia Martinez - ESL teacher, Materials Developer, Video Producer

Anastasiia Martinez is a creative bilingual teacher who is a new teacherpreneur.  Find out why she thinks that teachers should take risks, engage in professional and self-development and why native/non-native doesn't matter in the world of teacherpreneurship.

Anastasiia, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach English Language Arts and English Language Development classes at a public middle school in Pittsburg, California in the United States.

How long have you been teaching?

It’s my first year at a public school. Before I jumped on a middle school teaching journey, I’d taught at several private language schools for 7 years. I’ve also been teaching English online for 5 years and I’m absolutely loving it! I wouldn’t say that an online classroom is completely different from a traditional one. I just have to use different tools when I teach online.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My day usually starts very early. I like...

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Daria Storozhilova - EFL Teacher, Digital Product Designer

Find out why Daria Storozhilova decided to develop a digital product.  Read what she has to say about perfectionism in business and the benefits of being a non-native speaker.  Daria also took time out of her busy day to record a podcast with me.  Go to https://soundcloud.com/user-819463124/interview-with-daria-storozhilova

Daria, thank you for taking time out from your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I have two contracts with IT companies as their corporate English teacher. I teach the staff of these companies online. I also have a couple of students from italki.com and some private students. So, it's about 20 teaching hours a week, all of them online.

How long have you been teaching?

It's been 16 years now. The number increases every year and scares me. I got my first student in my last year at university, and have been teaching non-stop since that time. I worked in two language schools, then became an...

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Eva Oros - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Writer, School Owner

Eva Oros is a creative teacherpreneur who is constantly working on improving her teaching methods to meet students' needs.  Find out what Eva says about embracing the digital era and how it is opening new doors for education.

Eva, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’m an online English teacher, teacher-trainer, materials designer and blogger currently based in Porto, Portugal. I’ve been around since 2003 helping people from all over the world improve their English language skills. I am a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. I am a technology missionary, on a quest to inspire and help teachers to try something new.

How long have you been teaching?

For almost 15 years.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I like watching movies, reading and working out. I believe that having time for hobbies can help you escape to a happy place.

You took on the tremendous task of...

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Maha Hassan - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Training Company Owner

Maha Hassan feels that teachers have a lot to give beyond the borders of classrooms and schools.  Read about her innovative ideas for teacher professional development in Egypt and find out what she believes is the secret to success as a teacherpreneur.

Maha can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I used to teach Preparatory, Secondary students and Adults for more than 30 years in different language schools and language centres.  I have trained teachers in different schools for more than 17 years. I am still working as a Teacher Trainer and Teacherpreneur in Egypt.

How long have you been teaching?

For more than 30 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

A teaching day usually starts the night before when you had to go through the lesson at hand, prepare the lesson plan and materials to be used. You may also do some correcting late at night. The next day, the day may start with a morning class or two and ends with you as a teacher running...

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Karin Heuert Galvão - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, ELT Consultant and School Director

Karin Heuert Galvão is the ultimate multi-tasker - mother, EFL teacher, teacher trainer, ELT consultant and school director.  Read Karin's advice about wearing one's "teacher hat” and “businesswoman hat”. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently teach at i-Study Interactive Learning, a language school based in São Paulo, Brazil.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 16 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I start very early in the morning, because my first lesson is at 7 a.m., however I don’t need to worry about being stuck in traffic for hours, because all my morning lessons are online. God bless the Internet!

I teach online from 7 to 11 a.m., and then I get ready, pack my things and go to a company close to my house, where I teach General English, Business English and work as a consultant. I stay there until 2 p.m., then I come home, have a quick lunch and I am back online by...

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Moacir Sena - EFL Teacher to School Owner to Freelancer

Moacir Sena (aka Mo the Americanoid) has extensive experience as an EFL teacher, translator, language school owner and has had a successful solo career in the US, Ireland and his home country, Brazil. Find out why Mo thinks that a solo career is a good choice

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been teaching English and Spanish at banks, law firms and other industries in Brazil. (99% of the time it’s been one-on-one basis) and the students usually came from managerial positions up to the CEO). I’d say 60-70% of the students have been upper-intermediate to advanced (B2-C1+).  I have some online students as well.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 1986.  I started teaching at a small language school near where I lived and from then on I moved to other language schools until I started my solo career back in 1998.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

In the past I’d have classes early in the...

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Jose Torres - EFL teacher, Writer

When Jose Torres saw the need for a resource for his adult learners, and couldn't find an appropriate book, he decided to write his own.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach for Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) in the United States.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for over 15 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My day normally begins at 7:30 AM with young students at Curtis Bay Elementary School in Baltimore. Generally, I work with students at the Pre-K level all the way up to 8th grade. My day students are at different proficiency levels, so I differentiate a lot. I try to work with them in small groups, as I group them according to their proficiency levels. Some need more attention with their literacy skills, some auditory, others with reading and writing. So, I cover a wide range listening, speaking, reading and writing activities during the day. In the evenings, I work with adult...

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Alberto González - ESL Teacher, Translator, Writer

Alberto González is an experienced ESL teacher, translator, and the author of Spanish for English Speakers. Read how Alberto used his expertise and skills as a native speaker of Spanish to write his first book.

Alberto, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Sure, I teach in an international language institute called Berlitz Languages in the United States. Also, I have tutored in colleges and have provided freelance services to college and high school students.

How long have you been teaching?

8 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

There are a variety of courses offered, from a couple of hours per week to a full time week, 6-month long, full course. Taking the full course as an example, students go through an assessment/placement test to determine their level of proficiency. When the course start, the first thing I do is to keep assessing the students in terms of aptitude and attitude, to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses managing the...

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